Assess Characteristics #3 & #4 of the Well-Living Workplace for Workplace Transition 2519
Workplace Transition 2519 is the second of five overviews of the terms and concepts associated with the 10 characteristics of the well-living workplace. This term is a viable substitute to "healthy workplace" or "better workplace."
In addition, you can complete a quick self-assessment of each characteristic from your organization's perspective. In doing so, you gain personal insight into what each characteristic means to you. Then, answer these 3 questions for each characteristic: So what? Now what? What else? to develop an action plan.
A great way to review these characteristics is to self-assess them against your organization - your workplace using two scales titled “Level of Satisfaction” and “Level of Importance” with 1 as low and 5 as high.
In this article review characteristics 1 and 2.
Assess each of the characteristics based on:
Level of satisfaction ... is your internal assessment of the characteristic as you perceive it: Is it satisfying (enjoyable, rewarding) for you?
Level of importance ... is your external reference: How important (vital, essential) is the characteristic to your work with others?
Self-Assessment by Characteristic
Level of Satisfaction
1 = Low; 5 = High
Level of Importance
1 = Low; 5 = High
3) Network-based Organization of Work:
A network is an organizational structure without a formal centre (hierarchical centre).
In contrast to a traditional hierarchy, networked organizations have shared leadership and communities of practice naturally forming. Through this structure, a network of relationships exists that fills in the white space of the organization chart. It is within the white space where most of the work is achieved. Nurture this organizational format
Level of Satisfaction
1 = Low; 5 = High
Level of Importance
1 = Low; 5 = High
4) Persons Bring Their Uniqueness to Work:
Each person has capabilities - talents - gifts - a story useful and helpful to the workplace.
The person-abilities of those involved is an essential element for work assignment and job completion. People are unique. When people are encouraged to express their uniqueness, they are more likely to give their best to complete their assigned task in contribution to the organization(al) vision.
Setting Up Your Understanding of the Well-Living Workplace
A groundswell of awareness brought about all things social media have employees requesting assistance in creating healthy or better organizations/workplaces or what we call the well-living workplace™.
The challenge for Executives and Entrepreneurs (Business Owners) is having a place to start (maybe restart).
This article highlights the 9+1 characteristics of the well-living workplace™ and explores two of them in detail. (Yes it's 5 articles in the series))smiles
These characteristics offer you a possible direction from which to move forward in your organization's alignment with the well-living workplace - healthy organization requests from your stakeholders. AND, you might find some of them are in play already - time to celebrate!
Because two characteristics are presented in detail, you have these options for your movement:
- (A) take action with these characteristics today - have partial information
- (B) read about them with no action until you read the full series - however, talking with a few allies maybe a better way forward as you create an informal pathway until you read all 10.
- (C) convene an Action Reflection Group to develop a formal outcome map and action plan over the next five weeks - we can support you, use our Contact Page to make a request to organize Facilitative Mentoring.
Getting to the Well-Living Workplace™
Included in business articles and books are stories and statistics that point toward an increasing number of unwell - unhealthy workplaces.
These stories and statistics highlight the connection between heart disease and overworking, employee distress, and dysfunctional relationships with managers to name a few.
Add these terms to your preferred search engine to access the latest stories and statistics:
- heart disease and workplace
- overwork and workplace
- overwhelm and workplace
- employee stress - employee distress
- employee and manager relationships
- others you consider important
These statistics —by themselves— are often the impetus for organizational transition FOR employees. That is, managers determine what will happen. More often than not - employees receive their instructions with no (or minimal) input. That is, the few determine the best for the many.
However, not all employee-related statistics tell the truth about what is really happening in the organization.
Organizations, by their nature, are dynamic. Therefore, tension exists within them through internal work and external influences. Many times leaders, managers, supervisors, and employees are ill prepared to work in these ever shifting conditions, which lead to the statistical story mentioned above.
Because markets and conditions fluctuate, change is a constant companion of leaders, managers, and employees in organizations. How each company internally deals with change is an indication of the employees’ capabilities to match organizational competencies.
When those involved in the organization realize that “shift happens” everyday, they can take the first step toward finding the ways and means to learn and grow the organization of work with the input, ideas, insights from EVERY PERSON.
A useful MAPP* to accompany the organization learning journey is called the well-living workplace. This MAPP is drawn from the experience of those who learned from celebrating what works, and the challenges and the humbling circumstances hinted at above.
*MAPP = Map to Act, Act to Plan, Plan to Provide, Position, Prepare - etc.
What is the Well-lIving Workplace
The well-living workplace refers literally to a place where people — while working — live well together.
- In organizational terms, the well-living workplace operates to dynamically balance people, movement, and profitability.
- In employee terms, the well-living workplace provides a time and place for employees to contribute their knowledge and skills in ways that have them like what they do and do what they like.
One of the more interesting dynamics of creating - more so, co-creating the well-living workplace is the realization that it is approachable and not necessarily attainable. This insight begs the question, “What’s the point then?”
Working to achieve a well-living workplace is much like any life-sustaining activity. Take learning and eating as examples.
Learning is a lifelong journey. Along the journey, one strives to know what can be known and what more can be learned. One might also argue that there is no logic in eating healthy foods. We are all going to die anyway! However, to live a fulfilling and vibrant life, the food you consume allows you to fully enjoy what you are doing.
Similarly, integrating well-living workplace practices guides your organization toward wellness for the people involved and the organization as a whole.
When persons are asked what kind of workplace they desire to work in, they respond with statements like, “It is a place where I am challenged and yet respected,” or “I am recognized for what I do,” or “It is clear where we are going and I know what I can do to contribute.”
These types of responses are like food that nourishes the body. In creating the well-living workplace these responses are the ideas that frame the development of 9+1 characteristics of the well-living workplace that follow.
9+1 = 10 Characteristics of the Well-Living Workplace
Here is the start of the list:
- Lead from the vision
- Manage through responsive listening
- Network-based organization (of work)
- Persons bring their uniqueness to their work
- two more follow next Thursday ...
The 9+1 characteristics of the well-living workplace are open-ended and generic. The list serves as a guide. Each characteristic encompasses different issues and initiatives effecting employee and organizational wellness.
As more of these 9+1 characteristics are woven into the organization of work, the closer your organization becomes to gardening the term well-living workplace. Then, it's a case of sustaining the intentions, actions, and outcomes inherent in the list.
Be aware that the well-living workplace is approachable but rarely obtainable. Like many things in life, to work in a well-living workplace means embracing the journey more than reaching for a destination. Yet, appreciating the destinations you do reach encourages their use as places of respite and recreation to move on.
As your organization works from these 9+1 characteristics, remember their expression is unique to your organization. Through dialogue and actions, everyone fashions the well-living workplace where significance, dignity, and a sense of community frame productivity, performance, and profits.
Therefore, no two companies are alike. Yet one organization can learn from another.
In Closing ... with personal commitment and the guidance available both internal and external to your organization, the well-living workplace can flourish where you work today. Request our assistance by sending a message on our Contact Page
Complete the assessment.
Review the numbers.
Move in this order with the statements below ... that way you do less of #3 because of what you did with #1 and #2:
- Where you have the numbers 4 and 5 - take a deep breath, and explore what's working well. Then discover ways to do more of what works!
- Where you have the number 3 - take a deep breath, and pay attention to the back-and-forth activities in your organization of work. That is, you'll think - more importantly you'll hear conversations like "we had a good week, this week not so good" and "seems we take a step forward and a step backwards - what's going on?" Consider what actions you'll take.
- Where you have the numbers 1 and 2 - take a deep breath, and dive into what you think is happening. Consider ways to deal with those things hindering the organization of work. That written, it's possible the ideas you came up with in #1 and #2 may take care of what you dealing with in #3
And let us know what happened via our Contact page (private) or add a comment below (public).
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